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Certified Quality Process Analyst Certification Preparation

Format Web-based

Successfully prepare for the CQPA exam in this online preparation course that allows you to study at your own convenience. You’ll explore the content covered by the five main domains in the ASQ CQPA Body of Knowledge and become familiar with practice questions similar to the questions that will appear on the exam.

Gain valuable insight into quality disciplines that will enable you to work more effectively while obtaining an informed perspective on quality concepts and tools.You’ll study at your own pace with the content you'll need to prepare for the Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA) exam. You’ll also have the opportunity to strengthen your test-taking skills with exam-style, progress-check questions while deepening your understanding of the five main domains outlined in the CQPA Body of Knowledge.

Course activities and a printable PDF download of the entire course which you can take into the CQPA exam are provided. Please note: no multiple choice formatted questions are admitted to the exam room – you will need to remove the study questions from the printout before the exam (there are page breaks to facilitate this).

Please Note: ASQ is currently migrating this product to a new platform. When the migration (which will not include any new content) is complete, you will automatically receive it in your learning plan. You will have both versions in your learning plan until June 30, 2017. Access to the original version will no longer be available after 6/30/2017. Progress in the old version cannot be transferred into the new version. After June 30th, the old version will be removed from your learning plan unless completed. If completed, you will still be able to print your certificate of completion but will no longer be able to launch the old version.

We recognize this may be an inconvenience for you and we will be providing you with a full year (365 days) of access to the new course from the date you receive it (not your original purchase date). This applies only to purchases made after July 1, 2016.

Course Data

  • CEU Hours: 2
  • Length: 20 Hours
  • ASQ RU: 2
  • Audience: New to Quality, Practitioner
  • Provider: ASQ - Online
Course Overview

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the content covered by the five main domains in the CQPA Body of Knowledge.
  • Become familiar with questions similar to those within the ASQ CQPA exam.

Who Should Attend:

New to Quality, Quality Practitioner.

Quality Process Analyst Body of Knowledge

Included in this body of knowledge (BOK) are explanations (subtext) and cognitive levels for each topic or subtopic in the test. These details will be used by the Examination Development Committee as guidelines for writing test questions and are designed to help candidates prepare for the exam by identifying specific content within each topic that can be tested. Except where specified, the subtext is not intended to limit the subject or be all-inclusive of what might be covered in an exam but is intended to clarify how topics are related to the role of the Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA). The descriptor in parentheses at the end of each subtext entry refers to the highest cognitive level at which the topic will be tested. A complete description of cognitive levels is provided at the end of this document.

  1. Quality Concepts and Tools (22 Questions)
    1. Quality Concepts
      1. Quality planning
        Define a quality plan, describe its purpose for the organization as a whole, and know who has responsibility for contributing to its development. (Understand)
      2. Quality standards, requirements, and specifications
        Define and distinguish between national or international standards, customer requirements, and product or process specifications. (Understand)
      3. Cost of quality (COQ)
        Define and describe the four basic cost of quality categories: prevention, appraisal, internal failure, external failure. (Understand)
      4. Quality documentation
        Identify and describe common elements of various document control systems, including configuration management, and describe the relationship between quality manuals, procedures, and work instructions. (Understand)
    2. Quality Audits
      1. Audit types
        Define and distinguish between basic audit types, including internal and external audits, product, process, and systems audits, and first-, second-, and third-party audits. (Understand)
      2. Audit components
        Identify various elements of the audit process, including audit purpose and scope, the standard to audit against, audit planning (preparation) and performance, opening and closing meetings, final audit report, and verification of corrective actions. (Understand)
      3. Audit roles and responsibilities
        Identify and describe the roles and responsibilities of key audit participants: lead auditor, audit team member, client, and auditee. (Understand)
    3. Quality Tools
      Select, construct, apply, and interpret the seven basic quality tools: 1) cause and effect diagrams, 2) flowcharts (process maps), 3) check sheets, 4) Pareto charts, 5) scatter diagrams, 6) control charts, and 7) histograms. (Evaluate)
    4. Team Dynamics
      1. Types of teams
        Distinguish between various types of teams: process improvement teams, workgroups/workcells, self-managed teams, temporary/ad hoc project teams, and cross-functional teams. (Analyze)
      2. Team-building techniques
        Identify various elements in team-building such as inviting team members to share information about themselves during the initial meeting, using ice-breaker activities to enhance team membership, and developing a common vision and agreement on team objectives. (Apply)
      3. Team roles and responsibilities
        Describe the roles and responsibilities of various team stakeholders: sponsor, champion, facilitator, team leader, team member. (Understand)
      4. Team conflict
        Identify common group challenges, including members with hidden agendas, intentional distractions, and other disruptive behaviors. Describe ways of resolving these issues and keeping team members on task. (Understand)
      5. Training and evaluation
        Describe various elements of training, including linking the training to organizational goals, identifying training needs, adapting information to meet adult learning styles, and using coaching and peer training methods. Use various tools to measure the effectiveness of the training, including post-training feedback, end-of-course tests, and individual and department performance improvements measures. (Understand)
    5. Professional Conduct and Ethics
      Identify and apply behaviors that are aligned with the ASQ Code of Ethics. (Apply)
  2. Problem Solving and Improvement (22 Questions)
    1. Continuous Improvement Models
      Define and explain elements of Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA), kaizen, and incremental and breakthrough improvement.(Apply)
    2. Process Improvement Techniques
      1. Six Sigma
        Identify key six sigma concepts and tools, including green belt and black belt roles and responsibilities, project types and processes used, and six sigma DMAIC phases, design, measure, analyze, improve, and sustaining control. (Understand)
      2. Lean
        Identify and apply lean tools and processes, including set-up reduction (SUR), pull (including just-in-time (JIT) and kanban), 5S, continuous flow manufacturing (CFM), value stream, poka-yoke, and total preventive/predictive maintenance (TPM) to reduce waste in areas of cost, inventory, labor, and distance. (Apply)
      3. Benchmarking
        Define and describe this technique and how it can be used to support best practices. (Understand)
    3. Project and Quality Management Tools
      1. Basic quality management tools
        Select and apply affinity diagrams, tree diagrams, process decision program charts, matrix diagrams, interrelationship digraphs, prioritization matrices, and activity network diagrams. (Apply)
      2. Project management tools
        Select and interpret scheduling and monitoring tools such as Gantt charts, program evaluation and review technique (PERT), and critical path method (CPM). (Analyze)
    4. Taguchi Loss Function
      Identify and describe Taguchi concepts: signal-to-noise ratio, controllable and uncontrollable factors, and robustness. (Understand)
  3. Data Analysis (33 Questions)
    1. Terms and Definitions
      1. Basic statistics
        Define, calculate, and interpret measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode) and measures of dispersion (standard deviation, range, variance). (Apply)
      2. Basic distributions
        Define and explain frequency distributions (normal, binomial, Poisson, and Weibull) and the characteristics of skewed and bimodal distributions. (Understand)
      3. Probability concepts
        Describe and use probability concepts: independent and mutually exclusive events, combinations, permutations, additive and multiplicative rules, conditional probability. Perform basic probability calculations. (Apply)
      4. Reliability concepts
        Define basic reliability concepts: mean time to failure (MTTF), mean time between failures (MTBF), mean time between maintenance actions (MTBMA), mean time to repair (MTTR). Identify elements of the bathtub curve model and how they are used to predict failure patterns. (Remember)
      5. Measurement scales
        Define and use nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio measurement scales. (Apply)
    2. Data Types and Data Collection Methods
      Identify, define, and classify in terms of continuous (variables) and discrete (attributes) data. Determine when it is appropriate to convert attributes data to variables measures. Distinguish between collecting data and generating useful information, and describe the planning and implementation steps that will support meaningful output. (Apply)
    3. Sampling
      1. Characteristics
        Identify and define sampling characteristics such as lot size, sample size, acceptance number, and operating characteristic (OC) curve. (Understand)
      2. Sampling methods
        Define and distinguish between various sampling methods such as random, sequential, stratified, fixed sampling, and attributes and variables sampling. (Understand)
      3. Rational subgroups
        Define and describe the principles of rational subgroups. (Understand)
    4. Measurement System Analysis
      Define and distinguish between accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility (gauge R&R) studies, bias, and linearity. (Understand)
    5. Statistical Process Control (SPC)
      1. Control limits and specification limits
        Identify and distinguish between control limits and specification limits. (Understand)
      2. Control charts for attributes data
        Identify, interpret, and select control charts (p, np, c, and u) for data that must be plotted in discrete units (dollars, hours, go/no-go and yes-no choices) and that measure only the presence or absence of a characteristic. (Analyze)
      3. Control charts for variables data
        Identify, interpret, and select control charts (, , and XmR) for data that must be plotted on a continuous and infinite scale (distance, pressure, temperature). (Apply)
      4. Process capability measures
        Describe the conditions that must be met in order to measure capability. Calculate Cp, Cpk, Pp, and Ppk measures and interpret their results. (Analyze)
      5. Common and special cause variation
        Interpret various control chart patterns (runs, hugging, trends) to determine process control, and use SPC rules to distinguish between common cause and special cause variation. (Analyze)
      6. Data graphics
        Identify the advantages and limitations of presenting data graphically instead of numerically. (Understand)
    6. Advanced Statistical Analysis
      1. Regression and correlation models
        Describe how these models are used for estimation and prediction. (Apply)
      2. Hypothesis testing
        Calculate confidence intervals using t tests and the z statistic, and determine whether the result is significant. (Analyze)
      3. Design of experiments (DOE)
        Define basic DOE terms: blocking, randomization, treatment, error, response, and factors. (Remember)
      4. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) Define key elements of ANOVAs and how the results can be used. (Understand)
  4. Customer-Supplier Relations (15 Questions)
    1. Internal and External Customers and Suppliers
      Define and distinguish between internal and external customers and suppliers. Describe their impact on products, services, and processes, and identify strategies for working with them to make improvements. (Apply)
    2. Customer Satisfaction Methods
      Describe the different types of tools used to gather customer feedback: surveys, complaint forms, warranty analysis. Define key elements of quality function deployment (QFD). (Understand)
    3. Product and Process Approval Systems
      Describe how validation and qualification methods, including beta testing, first-article, in-process, and final inspection, are used to approve new or updated products, processes, and services. (Understand)
    4. Supplier Management
      Define and describe key supplier performance measures, including quality, price, delivery, and level of service, and commonly used metrics: defect rates, functional performance, timeliness, responsiveness, and technical support. (Understand)
    5. Material Identification, Status, and Traceability
      Describe the importance of identifying material by lot, batch, source, and conformance status. Describe key requirements for preserving the identity of a product and its origin. Use various methods to segregate nonconforming material and process it according to procedures. (Apply)
  5. Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) (8 Questions)
    1. Corrective Action
      Identify and use key elements of the corrective action process: identify the problem, contain the problem, determine the causes of the problem, propose solutions to eliminate them or prevent their recurrence, verify that the solutions are implemented, and confirm their effectiveness. (Apply)
    2. Preventive Action
      Identify and use key elements of a preventive action process: track data trends and patterns, use failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), review product and process monitoring reports, and study the process to identify potential failures, defects, or deficiencies; improve the process by developing error- or mistake-proofing methods and procedural changes, and verify that the changes are made and confirm their effectiveness. (Apply)

Levels of Cognition
Based on Bloom's Taxonomy - Revised (2001)

In addition to content specifics, the subtext for each topic in this BOK also indicates the intended complexity level of the test questions for that topic. These levels are based on "Levels of Cognition" (from Bloom's Taxonomy - Revised, 2001) and are presented below in rank order, from least complex to most complex.

Recall or recognize terms, definitions, facts, ideas, materials, patterns, sequences, methods, principles, etc.

Read and understand descriptions, communications, reports, tables, diagrams, directions, regulations, etc.

Know when and how to use ideas, procedures, methods, formulas, principles, theories, etc.

Break down information into its constituent parts and recognize their relationship to one another and how they are organized; identify sublevel factors or salient data from a complex scenario.

Make judgments about the value of proposed ideas, solutions, etc., by comparing the proposal to specific criteria or standards.

Put parts or elements together in such a way as to reveal a pattern or structure not clearly there before; identify which data or information from a complex set is appropriate to examine further or from which supported conclusions can be drawn.


This program is an Internet-based, self-paced training course. Web-based courses require a computer and Internet access. You set the pace making you responsible for your own learning experience.


The learner can take a different random practice exam as many times as they want during the 365-day access period. After attempting each question, you'll see the correct answer and an explanation specific to your choice. Upon completion of a practice exam, you'll get a graphical summary of your scores on each main topic of the BOK.

Additional Notes

  • Please note that the questions in this product are not actual ASQ exam questions. Your performance on the practice exams is for study purposes only, and may or may not reflect performance on an actual certification exam.
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ASQ reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses and to change instructors. Please be advised that in the event of a course cancellation, ASQ is not responsible for airfare penalties or other travel related expenses you may incur.
  • If you need to cancel, we will refund your paid registration fee as noted below.
    • Requests for cancellations/transfers received at least 5 business days before the start of the course receive a full refund/transfer.
    • Requests received within 5 business days of the course starting incur a $150 processing fee.
    • After the course starts, there are no refunds or transfers.
    • Registrants who fail to attend without advance notice are liable for the entire course fee.
    • If you cannot find a substitute, we can transfer your course fees to another ASQ course of your choice.
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